THE WAY OF THE PSYCHONAUT
Susan Hess Logeais
Director / Producer / Editor
Susan Hess Logeais brings her passion as a social activist to her work as a filmmaker, creating films that are thought provoking and inspiring. Her background as a dancer, actress and perpetual student allows her to craft stories that do more than entertain. She also blends the knowledge and understanding earned from over 30 years of spiritual exploration with her technical experience as a filmmaker, providing her with a unique perspective on building projects that draw the viewer into a heartfelt experience of the story. Holding a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Transformational Entertainment and Human Consciousness, Susan recognizes her responsibility as a creative to produce content that serves the human spirit.
Currently, Susan is working on a feature documentary highlighting the discoveries of psychedelic psychotherapy pioneer, Stan Grof. Working directly with Stan, she is weaving a story that incorporates her personal exploration of his techniques, revealing the extraordinary healing power of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Recent work includes Soar, a documentary focusing on two sisters - both dancers, one a quad amputee - that aired on PBS; and a project documenting the work of Spacial Dynamics founder, Jaimen McMillan. Past work includes writing and producing the award winning indie feature, Not Dead Yet.
Stan Grof, MD, PHD
Consultant / Producer
Stan Grof brings to the JOC project 60 years of experience as a pioneer in human consciousness research. In the past, he was Principal Investigator in a psychedelic research program at the Psychiatric Research Institute in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, and Scholar-in-Residence at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA.
Currently, he is Professor of Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, conducts professional training programs in Holotropic Breathwork and transpersonal psychology, and gives lectures and seminars worldwide. He is one of the founders and chief theoreticians of transpersonal psychology and the founding president of the International Transpersonal Association (ITA). In 2007, he was granted the prestigious Award Vision 97 from the Václav and Dagmar Havel Foundation in Prague and in 2010, the Thomas R. Verny Award from the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) for his pivotal contributions to this field.
Among his publications are over 150 articles in professional journals and the books Beyond the Brain; LSD Psychotherapy; The Cosmic Game; Psychology of the Future; The Ultimate Journey; When the Impossible Happens; Beyond Death; Books of the Dead; The Stormy Search for the Self; Spiritual Emergency, and Holotropic Breathwork (the last four with Christina Grof).
Brigitte Grof, PHD
Brigitte Grof is a psychologist, psychotherapist and artist. In her early years she had a psychedelic experience that impacted her deeply. When her psychology studies did not answer her questions, she began studying art. In 1985 she found Stanislav Grof´s books and decided to meet him, later traveling to The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California to participate in a monthlong Holotropic Breathwork seminar with Stan and Christina Grof on “Ancient wisdom and modern science“. She assisted in many breathwork workshops and eventually participated in a 3 year training in Switzerland. Since 1989 she has been leading her own breathwork workshops in Germany. In the early years she also worked in France and was leading the first Holotropic Breathwork workshop in Czechoslovakia with Stan´s mother Maria Grof. From the beginning of the Grof Transpersonal Training she was offering optional modules in Germany with Sylvester Walch and a 3 year training with Ingo Jahrsetz. She has a private practice as psychotherapist in Wiesbaden, Germany, working with Gestalt-, bodywork and breathwork.
Tom Schlesinger has been a story consultant on the HBO documentaries "Prom Night in Mississippi" with Morgan Freeman and "A Small Act," both premiering at Sundance and winning awards internationally. He was the story consultant on "Nowhere in Africa," which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, on "Beyond Silence," which was nominated for an Academy Award, and on the award-winning docs, "The Rugby Player," and "Blood Relative".
His producing credits include Co-Executive Producer of "The Last White Knight," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and Creative Producer on the documentary "Startup Education," which premiered at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival, and on "Shirley: Visions of Reality," which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival the same year.
He teaches film seminars for Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., the American Film Institute, the Writers Guild of America, and the Directors Guild of America. Tom also facilitates Human Potential seminars including: "Art as Transformation" at UCLA; "Myths, Dreams and Movies" at the Esalen Institute and the Saybrook Institute; and "Creative Flow: the Inner Reaches of Outer Space," at the Academy of Art in Munich and The Working Group in Toronto.
Holly Million is an artist, filmmaker, nonprofit leader, teacher, speaker, and writer whose personal passion is empowering people to change their world. Holly has over two decades’ experience in nonprofit management, has been a consultant, director of development, executive director, and board member for scores of organizations, and has raised millions of dollars throughout her career.
Holly also has over two decades’ experience fundraising for films. In addition to securing funding for A Story of Healing, which won a 1997 Academy Award, she has raised money for documentary and dramatic films that have aired on PBS, HBO, and other broadcast outlets. A skilled producer, Holly can handle the business, fundraising, and logistical aspects of taking a film from concept through completion.
As a film director, Holly created Changing Room, a dramatic film that had its television debut on PBS in 2005. She is also the director of the feature-length documentaries A Permanent Mark: Agent Orange in America and Vietnam and Frackture, a film about parents in Western Pennsylvania fighting the installation of six fracking wells .5 miles from their children’s school. Holly is the producer of The Rugby Player, a feature-length documentary that tells the story of United Flight 93 passenger Mark Bingham and his mother, Alice Hoagland. Holly also produced It Came From Kuchar, a documentary about underground filmmaker George Kuchar directed by Jennifer Kroot, and she was a fundraising consultant on Blind Spot: Murder by Women, a film by Oscar-winning filmmakers Allie Light and Irving Saraf, Everyday Heroes, a film by Oscar-nominated director Rick Goldsmith, and numerous additional narrative and documentary films.